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GPs who have been overpaid a total of £1.2 million by their PCT are so incensed by its behaviour they are refusing to give up the money.

South Sefton PCT notified its GMS practices that an error had been made in their contracts which resulted in them being overpaid by up to £48,000 each.

But the GPs say they told the PCT of the mistake in a formula to calculate their global sum and MPIG when they first got their contracts in April, only to have their concerns summarily dismissed by managers.

South Sefton PCT threatened to recoup the overpayment by deducting cash from future payments.

Sefton LMC has sought legal advice aimed at preventing the trust from going back on contracts it signed with GPs.

Dr Andy Mimnagh, vice- chair of Sefton LMC, said it planned to ensure the PCT continued to pay out at the higher levels until new contracts were negotiated.

He said: 'Practices in this area feel the PCT has been less than fair with them over the enhanced services negotiations and that basically we have a contract that we can hold them to, to extract some money out of them, because they have been so rotten.'

Dr Mimnagh, whose own practice has been overpaid by £32,000, said an NHS audit of the PCT's finances uncovered the calculation error. There was also a problem with the way PMS practices' pay was calculated.

He said: 'We believe the contracts are enforceable and that the PCT may have to pay out at these levels until the next contract break.'

He believes the total discrepancy has cost the PCT £1.2 million.

South Sefton PCT refused to confirm or deny the situation, stating it was 'inappropriate to comment'.

By Daile Pepper

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